Monday, January 01, 2007

What is a Web Widget?

What is a "web widget"? According to Wikipedia:
A Web Widget is a portable chunk of code that can be installed and executed within any separate HTML-based web page by an end user without requiring additional compilation.
Usually, web widgets are chunks of HTML code that you plug into a web page. Examples include:
  • HTML code that displays a picture on your MySpace profile.
  • HTML code that embeds a YouTube video in one of your blog entries.
  • HTML code that embeds a portion of your calendar on your personal web site.
You may question the significance of web widgets. The concept of chunks of reusable HTML code doesn't seem particularly revolutionary at first glance. However, for reasons that I'll explore in my next entry, widgets have become very important on the web.

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